At Hailsham Chambers we excel in our key areas of professional negligence, medical law, costs, regulatory and disciplinary, personal injury and commercial law. We win awards for our excellence and we are recognised by the legal directories as a leading set in our three main practice areas. Our ethos is to provide the highest standards of advocacy, advice and service, which is supported by our open door policy and friendly atmosphere within chambers. We are proud of our history, which includes a number of former law lords, but we are an innovative and forward-thinking set. We aim to recruit two pupils per year through the Pupillage Gateway.
What we look for
The successful candidate will be a motivated, ambitious candidate who is a persuasive communicator, intellectually able, hardworking and able to get on with clients, colleagues and judges. They will have a real interest in Chambers’ areas of practice.
Usually a minimum 2.1 degree is required, although we will consider applicants with a 2.2 where there are special personal or medical circumstances.
We offer pupils a £50,000 award including £5,000 guaranteed earnings. You will be able to keep anything you earn on top of the £5,000 guaranteed earnings.
You can draw down up to £10,000 of your award during the BPTC year.
The award substantially exceeds BSB minimum requirements and is intended to cover all of our pupils’ costs during pupillage, including any compulsory courses, resits, a laptop if you do not already have one, travel and subsistence.
We offer excellent training and prospects, and aim to invite successful pupils to become tenants. 9 of our 10 pupils in the past 5 years have been recruited as tenants.
Our pupils have typically earned in the region of £9,000 to £12,000 during their second, practising six months (although earnings in 2020 were affected by Covid). This is of course in addition to the pupillage award, subject to the earnings guarantee.
Junior tenants in their first year of practice can expect to earn in the region of £60,000 to £80,000 (before expenses and tax), although this does vary between individuals and some have earned considerably more.
Applications will only be accepted through the Pupillage Gateway. Please check the Gateway website for further information on applications.
Chambers runs a thorough pupillage training programme, with detailed ongoing assessment against the competences in the BSB Professional Statement. Pupils will be formally appraised by their pupil supervisor after each 3 month period, against those competences. The Head of Pupillage will also review each pupil’s experience and performance with them at regular intervals during pupillage. Pupils will undertake several in-house advocacy exercises, at least two of which will be assessed. Those advocacy assessments, together with formal reports from all the pupil supervisors and from other members of chambers for whom the pupil has undertaken written work, will form the basis of the tenancy decision in June/July. Recruitment as a tenant is by reference to criteria available here.
Equality and Diversity
We are passionate about encouraging applications from a diverse pool of candidates. If you are disabled, please feel free to contact us to discuss any reasonable accommodation or adjustments that we might be able to make in order to facilitate your application.
Hailsham Chambers adheres to and supports the Bar Council’s policies on equal opportunity and non-discrimination. Chambers has an Equality and Diversity Policy which will be provided to all pupils at the beginning of pupillage.
Virtual open evening
We hosted an informal virtual open evening for prospective pupils on 14th January 2021. The evening was a chance to find out more about our areas of practice and how our pupillage is structured, and provide the opportunity to meet pupil supervisors, junior and senior barristers and members of our clerking team.
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